Philip J. LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based at the network's Chicago bureau. He is also editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.
LeBeau has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including "Dreamliner: Inside the World's Most Anticipated Airplane," "Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon" and "Saving General Motors."
Prior to joining CNBC, LeBeau served as a media relations specialist for Van Kampen Funds in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., and was instrumental in implementing an initiative to communicate the company's mutual fund and investment practices to the public and the press. While at Van Kampen, LeBeau held a Series 6 license.
Previously, he held general assignment reporting positions at KCNC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver, and KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kan. LeBeau began his career as a field producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, where he wrote, produced and researched consumer stories. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism with a bachelor's degree in journalism and broadcasting.
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The future of mass market quantities of electric cars is getting a big push today from one on the more "electric" leaders in the auto industry. Nissan/Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is expected to announce his company plans to sell its first electric cars in the U.S. by 2010--according to the New York Times.
I knew there would backlash from my blog on Friday. Listen, any time you write or say something about hybrids, there's a flurry of comments, on both sides, from those who think you have no clue.
Here's one to make you scratch your head and say, "what the heck is going on here?" I suspected that higher gas prices have probably kept demand and prices up for hybrids, so I asked the folks at J.D. Power's Power Information Network and Kelley Blue Book to run the numbers.
The news out of Tokyo should not come as a surprise. Toyota, running neck and neck with GM to become the world's largest automaker, is running a little slower. The first quarter earnings make sense given the auto market slowing down in the U.S. and Toyota finding fewer markets and segments to enter.
There's an old adage in the car business that even in tough times, good cars will still sell. That might explain why certain models continue to fly off dealer lots and even sell at a higher price, even though the overall auto market is down. Perhaps the most interesting example is the new Chevy Malibu.
So it's come to this. Giving customers a guarantee they won't pay more than $2.99 a gallon if they buy a new car, truck, SUV. On the surface, it's a smart move by Chrysler. But I'm not sure how much it will help sales at the struggling automaker.
Ask yourself a question, and be honest: If you ran Ford, would you hang on to Volvo and continue sinking money into turning around the brand or would you unload it as soon as you got a decent price?
After years of lamenting the "death of the car" and the rise of the SUV and CUV, fans of the sedan are finally seeing things turn their way. Last month, for the first time in roughly 20 years, cars outsold trucks (Pick-ups, SUVs, CUVs and minivans).
At long last the gas price surge has hit a point where truck and SUV sales are hurting. How bad is it? Look at the awful April numbers for truck sales.
Take that GM doubters. In the last month there's been a growing chorus of investors and auto industry followers who have started to question if the General Motors turnaround had stalled. It looks like the naysayers are a bit overzealous in their predictions of gloom and doom.
GM is dropping Chevy as its primary brand for mass-market vehicles in Europe and making Opel its mainstream line.
And Ford is targeting the global market: The newest Mustang was unveiled in six cities around the world on Thursday.
Auto loan interest rates hit their lowest level in at least six years, and Americans took out a record number of loans.
Because of a surge in business from Black Friday, the auto industry posted its best monthly sales since February 2007.